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Boriswatch - Page 4 of 79 - Tracking Mayor Boris Johnson every step of the way
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Three Airport Options

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Isle of GrainFor a while, the Mayor’s new London airport of choice was the so-called Boris Island in the Thames Estuary. Now, however, the Mayor has unveiled a new set of options for increasing the capital’s airport capacity and has thrown his weight behind the Isle of Grain option in north Kent.

The Mayor was launching Transport for London’s evidence to the Davies Commission, which is evaluating airport expansion options. As well as calling planned expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick ‘intellectual culs-de-sac’, he lambasted politicians for failing to provide more airport capacity earlier, saying: “We’ve been sitting around like puddings for the past 40 years doing nothing. We have squandered decades and other countries are eating our lunch”.

Transport for London has whittled down 16 options to three, each with four runways. “The Isle of Grain best combines regeneration with connectivity,” said Boris. A rail link would reach central London in less than half an hour. The other options are a new airport on reclaimed land in the Thames Estuary, and massive expansion at Stansted.

Two out of three passengers using a new four-runway airport will be expected to arrive by public transport, compared with just 40 per cent at Heathrow at present.

All three  of TfL’s new options call for the closure of Heathrow, with the aim of creating a new London borough for 250,000 residents.

A spokeperson for Heathrow said: “It seems extraordinary that any Mayor of London would propose forcibly buying and then closing Heathrow. The Mayor’s proposals would leave 114,000 people facing redundancy, cost taxpayers more and take longer to deliver than building on the strength we already have at Heathrow.”

So, which is your preferred option? An expanded Gatwick or Stansted? A third runway at Heathrow? Or a brand new airport to the east of London? Let us know your thoughts.

One of those medieval pigs with an apple

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Boris LBCThis week saw the latest step in Bozza’s attempt for World Domination. His brand new monthly radio show, Ask Boris, debuted on radio station LBC and gave listeners the opportunity to quiz the Mayor on a range of issues.

According to the Daily Telegraph, it took a while for Boris to work out who was actually presenting the show. “Early on he noticed with some alarm that a man sitting on the other side of the studio kept butting in to ask him questions.

“Hang on,” spluttered Boris. “Are you allowed to keep interrupting me like this?”

“Yes,” said the man.

“OK, fine,” said Boris meekly. “I hadn’t realised that.”

Having established that the man – better known to listeners as Nick Ferrari, of LBC’s breakfast show – was his co-host, Boris grew in confidence.”

The Mayor fielded questions on stolen bus stops, fracking and illegal immigrants. And, at one point, he claimed that “London is one of the best cities in the world to have a stroke,” – a claim we all hope we’ll never have to personally verify. Other choice phrases included ‘one of those medieval pigs with an apple’, ‘thing had a warp in in, like a spoon’ and ‘I think it was Johannesburg airport’.

He also claimed that: “Labour put in a load of wind farms that failed to pull the skin off a rice pudding.” [I’m not sure that’s what they are designed for – Boriswatch Environment Editor]

All in all, the Telegraph said that ‘it was great fun to listen to’. Much like the Mayor in general, eh?

New balls, please

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Sometimes, researching what the Mayor’s up to can be tough. He’s not always falling over in rivers or slagging off Northern cities or hanging by his nethers up a zipwire. No, sometimes it’s fairly mundane political activity, meetings and boring stuff.

So, when you see a headline like this, it’s as if you’ve been given a gift from the Tory gods:

“Boris Pulls Amazing Faces When Playing Tennis.”

I mean, what’s funnier than watching Bozza gurn himself into a stupor at Queen’s Club, eh?

Evidence A:

Boris Queens Club 1

Evidence B:

Boris Queens Club 2

Evidence C:

Boris Queens Club 3

No further questions, your honour. Etc etc etc.

Big Whiff-Whaff Without The Table

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Boris tennisBoris has always loved a bit of bat and ball action. Ahead of the 2012 actions, the Mayor famously remarked: “I stand by my assertion that whiff-whaff and ping-pong are one and the same thing, with the ‘whiffs’ predating the ‘pongs’. Regardless of semantics though, it is a sport of which we should be proud and I look forward to watching it in 2012.”

And, earlier this year, the Mayor was challenged to a game of whiff-whaff by none other than the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton. Writing in the Spectator, Ms Middleton said: “I’m informed that Boris Johnson, former editor of this magazine, wants to be ‘whiff-whaff’ world king even more than he wants to be Prime Minister.I’m also told the Johnsons are almost as competitive as the Middletons.

“So I’d like to lay down a challenge to the Mayor.My only stipulation is that I can use my favourite Dunlop Blackstorm Nemesis bat, which I used when I played in the Milton Keynes U13 National Championships, don’t you know.

“Bring it on, Boris.”

While that monumental sporting occasion has yet to take place, Bozza is set to ditch the table in favour of a larger form of whiff-whaff when he joins a host of stars for a charity tennis match [‘Thimp-thump’? – Boriswatch Sports Ed] at the Queen’s Club.

The Rally against Cancer event will follow the final of the Aegon Championships on 16 June. Andy Murray and former British number one Tim Henman are set to face each other in a special doubles match with celebrities – including Michael McIntyre, Jonathan Ross, Sir Richard Branson, Eddie Redmayne and the Mayor of London – rotating as their partners.

Bozza said: “Given the LTA’s generous decision to donate £10 for every ace, their bank balance will look a little thin after I’ve finished with Mr Henman and Mr Murray!”

Public has ‘right to know’ about Mayor’s lovechild

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Boris LatinHe has long had something of a reputation for being a ladies’ man, and now the Appeal Court has ruled that the public has a right to know that Boris had an extramarital affair with a woman who later gave birth to their daughter.

The Guardian reports that ‘three senior judges decided on Monday that voters were entitled to be told that the mayor of London conducted a “brief adulterous affair” with the woman who later gave birth to their daughter, now aged three.’

Helen Macintyre, a professional art consultant, has lost her legal battle to keep secret the paternity of her daughter in a ruling that could change the privacy rights of public figures in England and Wales. While Bozza’s fatherhood of Macintyre’s daughter was first revealed by the Daily Mail in July 2010, it has since been the subject of a legal battle at the high court.

Lawyers for the Daily Mail had argued that it was in the public interest to name Boris as the child’s father because it ‘went to the issue of recklessness and whether on that account he was fit for public office’.

The Court of Appeal said: “It is not in dispute that the legitimate public interest in the father’s character is an important factor to be weighed in the balance against the claimant’s expectation of privacy.

“The core information in this story, namely that the father had an adulterous affair with the mother, deceiving both his wife and the mother’s partner and that the claimant, born about nine months later, was likely to be the father’s child, was a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office.”

The mayor’s official spokesman said: “We don’t comment on matters pertaining to the mayor’s private life.” Probably just as well, otherwise they might have to take on more staff….

Boris Joins Reading Festival

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EminemSince 1971, the Reading Festival has been one of the UK’s most important events. Over the years, The Jam, The Ramones, Meat Loaf, Nirvana, The Stone Roses and the Beastie Boys have played at the Festival but, until now, one name remained conspicuous by his absence.

Now, 2013 will see Boris Johnson at the Festival. Bozza will headline the Saturday night alongside Eminem and Chase and Status, with other acts on the bill including Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down.

And, the festival will move from its Reading home to Trafalgar Square for one year only. Boris made his announcement at  Battersea primary school St Mary’s and executive headteacher Jared Brading said: “We will definitely be taking our pupils to the Trafalgar Square festival. It will be a wonderful opportunity to combine Reading  with a great day out.”

The Mayor said: “I hope as many Londoners as possible can make it to Trafalgar Square for the giant read-a-thon packed full of literacy-boosting activities and famous book lovers.”

[Are you sure about this?  – Boriswatch Ed]

Oh. The Get Reading festival, set to take place on 13 July, is part of a major literacy campaign being led by the London Evening Standard and has been organised in partnership with the e-reader firm Nook. Turns out Bozza won’t be doing The Real Slim Shady or American Idiot after all.

Boris said: “I would like to see a London where kids are no longer illiterate at age 11. The target must be to stamp out illiteracy of 11-year-olds, and this is where the Standard‘s literacy campaign has done such pioneering work. Think of the potential – almost one in five kids are leaving primary school unable to read or write, think of what they would go on to achieve, think of the economic benefits that would bring to London if we could turn that round and turn these kids onto reading.”

That’s ‘reading’ not Reading. Ahem.


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Boris shorts

He’s received many awards in his time and now the Mayor of London has received yet another accolade (#accolade). Yes, Bozza has been awarded the title of Twitter’s coolest politician by Heat‘s Twitter awards (#heattwitterawards).

(Yes, a magazine runs an awards ceremony on Twitter. Categories include Best TV Personality – won by Philip Schofield with insights such as “I love a crumpet” and “Steph has decided to pickle radishes” – Friendliest Tweeter, Best Rant and Most Random #whatistheworldcomingto).

Boris regularly tweets from the account @MayorofLondon and received thousands of votes to take the title. He beat off (#beatoff) competition from David Cameron and former Deputy PM John Prescott who both finished as runners up (#losers).

Boris commented on the award saying; “I am delighted but bewildered how a middle-aged man like myself with a penchant for cycling slowly could be seen as being cool.”





Mayor In MAFIA Crime Boss Fine DRAMA

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Boris taxiBozza Johnson, Mayor of London, has landed himself in hot water with OFFICIALS after failing to comply with a local parking restriction for the funeral of a GANGSTER. BORIS has been forced to pay a substantial FINE after recklessly failing to observe local bylaws in place for the funeral of an UNDERWORLD CRIME BOSS.


Residents’ parking bays in Islington were SUSPENDED for the funeral of crime boss George Adams in which his son Terry led a 30 strong cortege. However, the Mayor FAILED to observe the restriction and left his Toyota Previa parked ILLEGALLY where it was moved to another parking bay.


The Mayor has been FINED £65 although this fine was later rescinded as he holds a valid residents’ parking permit.

Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman said: “The council MOVED the Mayor’s car, and those of other local residents, to accommodate a funeral procession from a nearby church.”


“The Mayor had been approached to MOVE the car himself, which he was happy to do. However, when he went to do so he couldn’t find the car because it appeared the council had SWIFTLY solved the situation by moving it themselves to a parking bay NEARBY.”

[Yes, you can stop now with the Sun-esque reporting – Boriswatch Ed]

Oh. Let me summarise the story: Mayor parks car, it is moved, he isn’t fined. HOLD THE PRESS.

A myriad of Thatcher monuments

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Boris ThatcherAfter the passing of Baroness Thatcher, there has been plenty of debate as to the best way to commemorate the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Of course, Boris has had an idea – or two, as it turns out.

Following the death of the former Conservative leader, Bozza told the Daily Telegraph that he wants to put up a statue of the late Baroness in a ‘prominent location’ in London. He said the former PM ‘deserves’ a memorial in the centre of the capital despite concerns that a statue might become a target for vandalism.

However, just a couple of days later Bozza came up with another idea: name his new airport after the former leader.

The Metro reports that ‘Johnson said the move would be a fitting way of remembering the country’s first female leader, who died this week aged 87.’

The Mayor told the Daily Mail: “Mega airports are springing up all over the continent that are stealing British trade and are a threat to our economy.

“It is why this country so desperately needs a new four runway hub airport and I can think of no name that would strike greater fear into the heart of our European rivals than Margaret Thatcher International Airport.”

A statue? An airport? Renaming Port Stanley? What’s your suggestion for a fitting Thatcher memorial?


Boris’s trick shot

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Good gracious, how did this little gem pass us by. Boris seems to be a dab hand at basketball – check out this video or a great trick shot he pulled off in front of Town Hall!